Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Czapek Place Vendôme – Tourbillon suspendu Ici et Ailleurs Mechanical Hand-wound Watch

Czapek Place Vendôme – Tourbillon suspendu Ici et Ailleurs Mechanical Hand-wound Watch
Named Place Vendôme, after the famous square in Paris where François Czapek, spiritus rector of the brand, opened a boutique in the mid-nineteenth century, the first line of watches in the collection features a one-minute suspended tourbillon.

Czapek Place Vendôme – Tourbillon suspendu Ici et Ailleurs Mechanical Hand-wound Watch
Czapek Place Vendôme – Tourbillon suspendu Ici et Ailleurs Mechanical Hand-wound Watch
Czapek Place Vendôme – Tourbillon suspendu Ici et Ailleurs Mechanical Hand-wound Watch

It comes together with a second time zone for today's world travelers, a day/night disk, and a classic power reserve indictor. Even with the new functionalities, lovers of the brand will easily recognize the watch's unusual look with the two subdials at 7:30 and 4:30. On the Place Vendôme, a third has been added at 12 o'clock to display the time. The first series, which will come in a limited edition of ten pieces in platinum and fifteen in rose gold, was named "Lumières." It refers to both the reflections flashing off the beveled edges of the bridges visible on dial side as well as to the Age of Enlightenment. The Place Vendôme "Lumières" is driven by the proprietary, manually wound SXH2 movement beating at 21,600 vph (3 Hz). The single barrel spring delivers a solid 60 hours of power. The 34.8-millimeter diameter is relatively large, but the height of 9.8 millimeters allows the watch to be discreet and elegant in spite of the many functions. The traditional satin-brushed bridges and openworked ratchet are back again. In the back of the watch is an inscription: Tourbillon suspendu – Ici et Ailleurs, a reference to the second time zone, a gift to global travelers that Czapek himself never knew.

Movement
Caliber SXH2: haute horlogerie proprietary mechanical hand-wound movement developed by Chronode and Czapek & Cie. Power reserve: 60 hours with one barrel spring. Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph). Diameter: 34.8 mm – 15 ½ lines. Height: 9.8 mm.
Functions
Hours and minutes on separate dial located at 12 o'clock. One-minute tourbillon located at 8 o'clock. Dragging second time zone on ring at 4 o'clock. Push-piece setting. Counter-clockwise rotation. Day/night indicator located at 6 o’clock. Counter-clockwise rotation. Power reserve: Off centre disk, located at 12, 90° rotation, winding counter-clockwise
Case
5N rose gold or platinum Pt950 case. 43.5 mm diameter.
 Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Sapphire crystal case back with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Water-resistance: 30 meters (3 atm).
Dial
“Grand-feu” enamel ring, steel polished bridges and sand-blasted plate. With 5N rose gold fleur-de-lys hands.
Bracelet/strap
Alligator strap with 5N rose gold or platinum buckle.

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